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Gua Sha Stones For Super Easy Home-Facial Massages

It’s the common denominator among Instagram flat lays, fancy facials, and traditional Chinese medicine: it’s Gua sha. The centuries-old practice of “scraping” the skin to relieve tension and boost blood circulation has gone beauty mainstream — with Western brands getting in on the game in the name of sculpted cheekbones and healthier complexions. If you’re not ready to return to the spa yet and have spent many quarantine hours attempting to learn DIY facial techniques — I’m a big fan of Williamsburg-based Lanshin’s tutorials, which help me feel like I actually know what I’m doing — then getting into gua sha may be just the thing.

“Gua sha creates flow and movement under the surface to rid tension blockages and allow the tissue to be nourished, resulting in more radiant skin,” FaceGym National Training Manager Madalaina Conti tells Refinery29. “Doing this is daily is best, but even a few times per week will yield great results.” (If you want to deep-dive the origins of the practice — which involve using spoons, coins, and other objects — be warned that the real-deal photos are far from pretty.) Ahead, we do a deep dive into the various stone shapes to try (from jade to rose quartz and amethyst) along with the pro tips to help you along your at-home face-massage journey.

My Celebrity Life – Rose Quartz Gua Sha Teardrop

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Quartz Gua Sha Teardrop

“The quality of the stone you use is just as important as the technique,” Conti explains. “Many lower-quality stones may have fillers or coatings that may actually cause irritation to the skin which is a big reason why you should go with a better-quality stone that you have a connection to for best results.” Rose quartz is a popular go-to for its love-channelling properties.

 

My Celebrity Life – Lanshin Intro Gua Sha Tool

Lanshin Intro Gua Sha Tool

How to explain gua sha’s meteoric rise to skin-care stardom? “Simply put, it feels amazing — and when done correctly, offers instant gratification,” Conti says. Lanshin’s rectangular-shaped tool has a single groove to easily hug your jawline, plus curved edges to contour along the sides of the face and neck.

 

My Celebrity Life – Mount Lai The Amethyst Gua Sha

Mount Lai Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

“Gua sha is a technique that truly connects you to your intuition, and can be customised per each person’s needs,” Conti adds. I personally love heart-shaped tools like this amethyst one to help relieve tension and TMJ pain in my oft-clenched jaw. (Warning: This can hurt a little at first, but is well worth the benefits.)

 

Vitruvi Facial Gua Sha Tool

Vitruvi Facial Gua Sha Tool

The brand behind your favorite essential oil diffuser also has a chic gua sha stone carved from pristine white jade. “There are plenty of good quality, affordable options,” says Conti. Case in point, this option looks way more expensive than it actually is.

Jenny Patinkin Butterfly Gua Sha Sculpting Tool

Jenny Patinkin Butterfly Gua Sha Sculpting Tool

Makeup artist Jenny Patinkin’s beauty tools are highly sought-after, and this butterfly-shaped stone is no exception. Plus, the unique shape allows for myriad uses and techniques to really get creative.

My Celebrity Life – Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor
Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor

Miranda Kerr’s take on gua sha takes the concept of loving your skin quite literally, vis-à-vis a heart-shaped stone that has round curves to subtly sculpt, plus round ends perfect for gliding across temples if you’re prone to headaches.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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